Definition of dropsical in US English:



  • Affected with or characteristic of dropsy; edematous.

    ‘enormous dropsical ankles’
    figurative ‘if Rubens's women are ample, these are dropsical’
    • ‘This results in generalized oedema - or ‘dropsical effusion’ as it was called in the 1820s by Richard Bright, in his classic description of chronic nephritis (Bright's disease).’
    • ‘His big and dropsical head, disproportionate to his emaciated body, leans against his mother's shoulder, his eyes blinking weakly.’
    • ‘She is enfeebled, dropsical, perpetually damp from cooking and cleaning, toothless, and refuses to wear false teeth (Janet remarks that Mother can never find comfortable teeth).’
    expanded, distended, bulging, inflamed, inflated, enlarged, dilated, bloated, blown-up, puffed up, puffy, ballooning, protruding, prominent, stretched, tumescent
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Late 17th century: from dropsy, replacing earlier hydropic(al), via Latin from Greek hudrōps ‘dropsy’.